Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon misses Chinese Grand Prix qualifying after huge smash

TORO ROSSO driver Alexander Albon missed the Chinese GP qualifying due to a massive crash in the closing minutes of the final practice session on Saturday.

The Thai-British driver, 23, came out of the incident unhurt, but could not participate in qualification due to the heavy damage to his car.

Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon misses Chinese Grand Prix qualifying after huge smashReuters2 Toro Rosso's Alex Albon missed the Chinese GP qualifying after a massive crash in final Shanghai practice

As drivers were wrapping up final Shanghai practice, Albon lost control of his car at the last corner of the circuit and ran wide, smashing into the barrier.

The team discovered that his Toro Rosso sustained damage to the chassis, with F1 rules not allowing to use a replacement on the same day.

And, having finished ninth in final practice, the Italian stable confirmed later that Albon would miss out on qualifying

Toro Rosso tweeted: "Unfortunately, due to the extensive damage to the monocoque from his FP3 crash, [Albon] will not be able to take part in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix."

Albon's his team-mate Daniil Kvyat then notched 11th spot on the grid.

Valtteri Bottas beat Lewis Hamilton to pole position ahead of two Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, finishing in third and fourth respectively.

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Albon has revealed that, although he did not injure himself, the London-born driver is disappointed with his first major mistake of the season, calling his crash "silly".

He told Sky Sports: "I'm okay. More angry and disappointed than anything else.

"It was a big crash and it was a silly one as well. A bit greedy for FP3.

"I think we should have had a good chance to be in Q3 today.

"Not happy with it. I don't think it should have happened.

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"I was a little bit too greedy, that was it. I was obviously pushing, trying to find the limits but that should have been in qualifying rather than FP3."

Albon will start the Chinese GP from the last spot on the grid, alongside 19th Antoni Giovinazzi of Alfa Romeo.

Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon misses Chinese Grand Prix qualifying after huge smashAP:Associated Press2 Albon lost control over his car at the final corner in the closing seconds of FP3 on Saturday

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